Category: Nursing

Nurses Week 2016

I’ve said it before: there’s never been a better time to be a nurse — and to be an HCA nurse. Everything HCA-affiliated nurses do, whether it’s vetting and implementing new technology, studying for a certification exam, or presenting and interpreting data from nursing dashboards to hospital leaders, is about the patient. Providing the highest quality care for everyone who enters our facilities is not just what we do; it’s who we are. Nursing at HCA continues to evolve, and there are new areas of nursing and advanced practice nursing jobs that were nonexistent or little-known less than a decade… Read more.

Nurse Hailed as Hero after Compassionate Act in Couple’s Final Hours

There are many words used to describe a nurse – A caretaker. An advocate. An educator. And in one family’s case – a hero. Registered nurse Melissa Barajas saw art imitating life, ala “The Notebook”, earlier this year when a married couple died within hours of each other at HCA-affiliate Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. The Texas natives, Edward and Josephine Suarez, had been married for 68 years before a car accident sent them to our Bay Area Houston hospital in critical condition. For roughly four days, Melissa, an ICU nurse, cared for Josephine and provided comfort and support for… Read more.

Honoring HCA’s Certified Nurses Past, Present and Future

Nurses are a unique brand of people. They represent the very best qualities in health services – patience, compassion, quality care, and chief among them, skill. As the chief nursing executive at HCA, I’m proud of the many faces of nursing throughout our organization and the excellent patient care they provide daily. On today, we recognize the unique talent and skillset of HCA’s board certified nurses – it’s Certified Nurses Day! HCA certified nurses are those among us who have gone above and beyond to advance their knowledge, practice and skill in an area of specialization. In 2015, we had… Read more.

HCA Nurse Spots Dangerous Health Concern for TV Favorite, Reaches Out to Save Him

Nurses are at the heart of patient care at HCA. They are the face of our organization and the difference-makers in the lives of millions who enter our hospital doors every year…and the lifeline for some who don’t. Ryan Read, a registered nurse at HCA-affiliate Denton Regional Medical Center, potentially saved someone’s life on her day “off”. She had been watching the television show Flip or Flop on HGTV and noticed a lump on the co-hosts’ throat.  Ryan e-mailed the producers of the show and advised the host to seek medical attention. He was checked out and later diagnosed with… Read more.

HCA Nurse Spots Dangerous Health Concern for TV Favorite, Reaches Out to Save Him

Nurses are at the heart of patient care at HCA. They are the face of our organization and the difference-makers in the lives of millions who enter our hospital doors every year…and the lifeline for some who don’t. Ryan Read, a registered nurse at HCA-affiliate Denton Regional Medical Center, potentially saved someone’s life on her day “off”. She had been watching the television show Flip or Flop on HGTV and noticed a lump on the co-hosts’ throat. Ryan e-mailed the producers of the show and advised the host to seek medical attention. He was checked out and later diagnosed with… Read more.

HCA Chief Nursing Officer Speaks on Nurse Talent, Pride

Earlier this week, two hosts on the television show The View started a firestorm of conversation regarding their remarks about Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson and her monologue during the talent segment of the Miss America pageant.  I’ve been amazed at the surge in nurse pride on social media and throughout the world. As the chief nurse executive and patient safety officer at HCA, one of the world’s leading healthcare systems, I’d like to share my thoughts on the incredible work our 70,000 HCA-affiliated nurses do every day to provide quality care for our patients. Nurse talent is an interesting concept. … Read more.

Nepal swinging bridge at the base of Mt. Everest

HCA employee assists in Nepal earthquake relief effort

In the aftermath of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal, there have not only been stories of incredible loss, but also inspirational stories of true selflessness in the face of a natural disaster. One of HCA’s own, Nancy Malhotra, director of trauma services at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, was one of the many international visitors who were part of the volunteer relief effort directly following the quake. Nancy was with her husband and her stepdaughter hiking near Mount Everest when the massive earthquake struck during their return trek. Hours later, the entire family was at the forefront of… Read more.

HCA Awards of Distinction and the Frist Humanitarian Awards

HCA today will present the 2014 HCA Awards of Distinction to five recipients at a ceremony in Nashville. The HCA Awards of Distinction include the Frist Humanitarian Awards, which annually honor an employee, physician and volunteer, each of whom embody HCA co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist Sr.’s volunteer spirit and compassion. The HCA Awards of Distinction also include the HCA Excellence in Nursing Awards, a new honor that celebrates HCA nurses who promote professional mentorship and compassionate care.

National Nurses Week is an Appropriate Time for Reflection

National Nurses Week 2015, (May 6-12) is a great time for nurses to take stock of who we are, where we are and where we are going. Personally, I think this is a great time to be a nurse at HCA. The healthcare industry is undergoing significant transformative change and HCA-affiliated nurses have a front row seat. As a nurse at one of the world’s leading healthcare systems, we can both witness and influence change.

VIDEO: Happy Nurses Week!

Every day of the year, HCA-affiliated nurses engage with people at some of the most profound moments in their lives. These are sometimes life’s most joyous moments, like welcoming a new baby into the world. At other times, those moments can be life’s most difficult and sorrowful. In each of those moments of every day, across clinical and administrative roles, across the continuum-of-care settings and into the executive suites, we are thankful that HCA nurses are there.

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